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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources

What Are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources are educational materials offered freely and openly for anyone to use. They are usually licensed to allow sharing, remixing, or customization. The resources can include textbooks, full courses, course materials, modules, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other resources used to support access to knowledge.

Did You Know?

The average student should budget $1240 a year for books and supplies. 

- College Board

64.2% of students have chosen not to purchase a textbook because it was too expensive.

2018 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey 

The cost of textbooks have increased 183% over the past 20 years. 

- Bureau of Labor Statistics  

OER Impact

The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) can benefit students and instructors. Research has shown that:

At the University of South Carolina, the use of OER and other freely-available materials has saved students $1,588,064 since 2015.